Film Reviews, Short Review

We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

3.5/4

A terrifically tense psychological drama that broods with the damaged headspaces of its two protagonists, Eva (Tilda Swinton) and Kevin (Ezra Miller), We Need to Talk About Kevin, is a dark, nervous glare of a film. With excellent performances all around and directed with confidence and control by the excellent Lynne Ramsay, the film is an object lesson in how to get inside the headspace of an audience through visual poetry and incidental details. As far as show-don’t-tell filmmaking goes, this is up there with the best of them, although it is arguably so well-constructed that it becomes a little staid at times, refusing to allow any uncontrolled elements into its steely gaze.

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